Yaounde (National Times)-Cameroon’s Post and Telecommunication Minister, Minette Libom Li Likeng, says propagators of fake news on the social media have their consciences to face.
Minister Libom made the assertion Wednesday May 29th while participating at a conference organised by Corporate Communication students of the Advanced School of Mass Communication (ASMAC) in Yaounde .
The Minister frowned at propagators of fake news stating that, “there are journalists who know that facts are sacred but they still go ahead and post fake things. I leave each person to their conscience”.Libom charged the students to be responsible in whatever thing they are doing, even if it is on the Internet.
The Minister has in the past launched campaigns to track down those she claims are spreading “fake news” online especially with the advent of the war in Anglophone Cameroon. However, all her attempts have been largely unsuccessful. Her Ministry has in many instances liaise with mobile telephone operators. These telecom companies usually send regular messages to subscribers warning them of sanctions for spreading “fake news,” yet very little has changed
Discussions at the conference centered on “government communication in Cameroon during the social media era” .This was at the instance of final year Corporate Communications students of ASMAC.
The conference served as an academic course for the students on how government is adapting to the changes of the social media era. The students also revealed that they drew inspiration from President Paul Biya. The Head of State once called on Cameroonians to be active users of the social media in ways that could develop the nation.
Also present at the conference was former Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakari and Labour and Social Security Minister Gregoire Owona. Both of members of government are active users of the social media.
The Advanced School of Mass Communication (ASMAC) has made organisation of conferences an obligation for every final year Corporate Communications students.